Enrollment is Up At Schools in the Grande Prairie Area
Early projections from the Peace Wapiti School Division sees their student enrollment increasing by about 60 students this year.
Superintendent Sheldon Rowe says the majority of the increases look to be coming in their primary grades, and from communities near Grande Prairie.
"As everyone knows, Sexsmith's population growth was somewhere in the 20 per cent range, between the two Stats Can reports. So that's significant growth for us. Clairmont is still a growth area for us."
Rowe says the early projections also see them losing a few students in rural areas.
Final numbers will be forwarded to the province by the end of September.
Meanwhile, the Grande Prairie Public School division says they are ready for what they expect to be a significant influx of new students to their schools this year.
Superintendent Carol Ann McDonald says early projections were in the range of 300 new students, but thinks the final number could be even higher than that.
She adds they have been preparing for the projected increases for the past few months.
"We went forward with early hiring practices to get the best teachers in place in anticipation of these new students. We put those numbers in our planning early so we would have the space for those students as well."
McDonald says they were successful in finding some modulars in order to be able to house the increase of students.
She adds they have also been in discussions with the province, and is hopeful that there may be some new school announcements for their division further down the road.
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